Sandusky Case Empowers Another Sex Abuse Victim to Break Her Silence

Dana Jacobson

After hearing some of the testimony in the Jerry Sandusky trial, ex-ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson finally felt brave and empowered enough to admit that she too was sexually abused as a child by someone she trusted.

When she was a little girl, Dana Jacobson was molested by a teenage boy in her neighborhood who had been hired by her parents as a babysitter for her and her brother. She was ashamed, scared, and kept quiet about her encounters with him because she was terrified that people would think she was making it up.


But after hearing accounts from Jerry Sandusky's victims and being reminded of her own painful experience, Dana wrote the following lines on her blog:

Like the young men who bravely took the stand in the Sandusky trial, I was molested as a child. That's still not easy for me to say, let alone write and share publicly, but if we've learned anything from the Sandusky scandal it's that the time for silence is over. As I heard one Sandusky victim put it, it's time to 'find my voice'.

And as awful as the events that led up to the Jerry Sandusky trial are, the victims should be proud for giving someone else the courage to go public with her story and break her silence once and for all.

Admitting what happened to her can't have been easy for Dana, especially since she's a well known figure in the sports world. But perhaps now that she's shared her story after keeping it buried inside for so long, she can finally find peace and gain some sort of closure in her life. And on top of that, just like Sandusky's victims, she's finally taken the power away from her abuser by exposing him.

Were you surprised to hear about what happened to Dana Jacobson?


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